Woodworking Techniques and Advice

Thermwood’s Cut Center shortens the learning curve

Written by R.W. Lee Monday, 16 November 2015 00:00

cuttingedgeTo successfully operate a CNC router, shops usually need at least one fully trained operator who is an expert on the necessary software. This includes the design and manufacturing programs (CAD/CAM), as well as for the CNC router’s controller.



Sharpen your skills with a CNC metal-cutting machine

Written by R.W. Lee Monday, 19 October 2015 00:00

It’s not unusual for a woodshop to call on a metal shop for help with a project. Maybe you need a custom range hood, some metal railing or a stronger method to hang some cabinets.



Brushless motor spindles are quietly efficient

Written by R.W. Lee Monday, 14 September 2015 00:00

Many of today’s digital fabrication technologies are not all that new, just a variation on a theme. For instance, electric motors and methods of controlling their speed have been around for more than a century, but new technologies in motor types and their control are critical to the operation of CNC equipment.



Staying sharp, but rooted in traditional ways

Written by R.W. Lee Friday, 31 July 2015 00:00

cutting2Oftentimes, when a woodworker hears about a CNC machine, the conversation revolves around a three-axis router for cutting sheet goods, along with debates about the machine’s costs and benefits. Yet very few give thought to how CNC machines other than three-axis routers bring benefits to their shops.



Easy digital shortcuts are worth the time and money

Monday, 20 July 2015 00:00

Many woodworkers are intimidated by digital fabrication, scared away by the prices of hardware and software components and the amount of training required. But there are some inexpensive shortcuts.



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